In this webinar, Jungian Analyst Dr. André De Koning will describe how alchemy was used as a metaphor for the process of individuation.  How do we arrive at our essence?  What is the framework for the growth of new knowledge?  What is it that allows us to develop a different state of consciousness?

Thursday evening 7- 9 pm Pacific time Feb. 11, 2016.

The core of Jung’s concept and where he deviated from Freud’s major interests is the process of Individuation. The idea is that there is a tendency in nature, including our soul towards wholeness and that split-off parts of our Self lead to disturbances and neurotic trends. These happen in part at the unconscious level and it is in the analytic process that he envisaged a coming together of a sense of wholeness.

His major emphasis in his works on alchemy has been on the Philosopher’s Stone, the core of the work developing our innermost being or essence. His texts also refer, in this context, to the ancient text of the Emerald Tablet or Tabula Smaragdina.

This work is usually attributed to the ancient Egyptian and Greek wisdom, i.e. to legendary figure embodying possibly a few Teachers of Wisdom. The metaphors used in alchemy though, differ in approach and meaning once we look closer at the origin of the work and its development through Geber, who is considered to be the father of Western alchemy, but Geber was Arabic (Jabr Al-Hayyan) and wrote one of the earliest, if not the earliest, texts on the work.

In this lecture we will compare the different approaches to our essence and how it is interpreted in the West and East (where it originated). Convergences and divergences between Sufism and Jungian psychology will be used to increase our understanding of what is meant by “our essence”.

The first half of the session will be a presentation and the second half be a Q&A with Dr. De Koning.

Video recording will be posted immediately following the live webinar.


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Andreas De Koning, DAAP

Born in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 1951, André de Koning completed his doctoral examination in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leiden (1975), where he was a student of Professor J H van den Berg. Later, he was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in phenomenological psychology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA (1974-1975) and a Thyssen Fellow at Heidelberg University, Germany (Department of Psychiatry; 1977-1978). André also worked in the United Kingdom for several years (1975-1977) in the field of Psychiatry. He completed his training as a Jungian psychoanalyst in Brussels in 1983 and became a training analyst and member of the Training Committee of the Belgian Society for Analytical Psychology in January 1991.

He worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Maria Hospital in Tilburg, The Netherlands from 1979-1993 (and was in private practice as a therapist and Jungian analyst during this period). Since moving from The Netherlands to Perth (Australia) in 1994 André has been involved in the further development of training with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Jungian Analysts and its C G Jung Institute (ANZSJA-CGJI). He was Convener of Training from 1994-2003.  André was a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP, from 1998-2004, and he was President of ANZSJA (  Since 2012 he has been a member of the Dutch Association for Analytical Psychology ( and was a Member of the Board for several years. He practices in Australia in Fremantle: and works with clients online (video and audio) worlwide through JUNGIAN

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